Interviews

A Roaster by Any Other Name

What was it that the Bard, Bill Shakespeare, once wrote? “A roaster by any other name is still a roaster”? I know it goes something like that, anyway. Contrarily, Hubert H. Humphrey retorted, “In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends […]

Pull up a Chair: a Conversation with New Gotham Coffee Community

Pull up a Chair: a Conversation with New Gotham Coffee Community

You hear it and see it both ways: coffee is competitive, cut-throat, snobby, exclusive, and egocentric; or coffee is collaborative, bond-forming, friendly, and inspirational. In my years in the coffee industry I’ve certainly encountered both types of coffee people—sometimes even inside the same shop! Here […]

Iced Coffee Methods and Recipes

After a false alarm back in March, when temperatures were in the upper 70’s everyday for almost two weeks, then a miserably chilly April, June 21 has finally descended upon Chicago. Girls are in their summer clothes, people are cooking out on their grills, the […]

Pull up a Chair: a Conversation with Michael McSherry, of Grinderman Coffee

May is National Bike Month! To celebrate, A Table in the Corner of the Cafe is featuring a spattering of bicycle-related posts throughout the month. Chicago, where I’m from, has a very dense population of bicyclists and bicycle enthusiasts and this populace even spills over […]

Pull up a Chair: a Conversation with Michael Salvatore, of Heritage Bicycles General Store

Pull up a Chair: a Conversation with Michael Salvatore, of Heritage Bicycles General Store

Last week, A Table in the Corner of the Cafe, along with five other bloggers from the Chicago Blogger Network, was invited to cover the 2012 TimeOut Chicago Eat Out Awards. I was thrilled to accept this exclusive invitation, but I was also hesitant. I’m […]